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Sunday, August 12, 2007


Here's the press release for the forthcoming first exhibition of the 200+ watercolour and gouache paintings Bob Dylan has created, sketches for which were published in his book Drawn Blank in 1994:

Bob Dylan: The Drawn Blank Series Watercolor and Gouache Paintings
Exhibition 28 October 2007 - 3 February 2008

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Bob Dylan has agreed to allow the first-ever exhibition of his work at Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, beginning 28 October 2007. Although Dylan has been a committed visual artist for more than four decades, this three-month event -- titled "The Drawn Blank Series" -- will mark the first museum showing of his work.

Exclusively for this exhibition, Bob Dylan has produced more than 200 remarkably intense color variations on pictorial motifs from a book of drawings and sketches done from 1989 to 1992, which were published in 1994 under the title Drawn Blank by Random House. In the book's preface, Dylan explained that these works were intended as sketches for paintings that he eventually planned to complete. These now fully realized works -- photo-lithographs transferred to deckle-edged paper -- have been stunningly reworked by the artist in watercolor and gouache and will be displayed for the first time in Chemnitz.

When asked how Chemnitz came to be the venue for "The Drawn Blank Series" exhibition, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz Director Ingrid Moessinger explained, "I first came across Bob Dylan's book of drawings at an historical exhibition about Bob Dylan at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York. I went straight out and bought my own copy and immediately began to track down the originals."

Bob Dylan commented, "I was fascinated to learn of Ingrid's interest in my work, and it gave me the impetus to realize the vision I had for these drawings many years ago." He added, "If not for this interest, I don't know if I even would have revisited them."

An extensive catalogue (in German and English) with numerous color and black-and-white reproductions will be published by Prestel Munich, New York, and London to mark the exhibition. The catalogue will be edited by Ingrid Moessinger and Kerstin Drechsel and will contain essays by Prof. Dr. Frank Zoellner, Leipzig; Diana Widmaier-Picasso, Paris; and Dr. Jens Rosteck, Nice.


The museum has a collection of 65,000 art works, including 25,000 drawings and prints (Honore Daumier, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Picasso, et al), and paintings, sculptures and drawings mainly from the end of 18th to the end of 20th century (C.D. Friedrich, German Expressionists, Edvard Munch, et al). The museum, on purpose-built premises, was inaugurated in 1909.

What this press release doesn't seem to mention is the address or phone number of the venue. The Kunstsammlungen is actually in the German town of Chemnitz, which used to be in East Germany and is close to, and south of, Leipzig and Dresden, and very near the border with the Czech Republic. The address is Theaterplatz 1, 09111 Chemnitz, and the phone number including international code is +49 371 4884424.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pls don't link to photos on other sites. Just copy the image, keep it on your own server.

2:29 pm  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

Oh, OK. It didn't occur to me. I've always tried to supply a photo credit to the photographer, when I've known who that was; but I'll be happy to make this technical change in future - though you might have explained why it was better than the way I've been doing it.

8:37 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where when and how can we order this catalog. Americans would like to have a glimpse of these paintings.

11:42 pm  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

Why don't you just Google the KUNSTSAMMLUNGEN CHEMNITZ and find their website and squirrel around in there till you find what you need? Americans surely don't need any special help...

12:54 pm  

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